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A Victim’s Story
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Lesson: Practice for Regents Exam Listening Section

Objective: Students will improve skills needed to do well on the Regents Listening Section.

Practice Lesson for Regents Exam Listening Section

What the teacher needs to know to use this lesson The Regents English exam has a listening section. A proctor reads the students an Overview (see below). The proctor then reads a passage to the students, twice, during which time the students can take notes. The students then answer some multiple-choice questions.

NOTE: This lesson omits the report writing section of the Regents exam. It only contains the listening part.

Step One: Read the Overview

(Note: During the real test the students have a printed version of the Overview in front of them as the proctor reads the story. If you can’t make copies of the overview consider writing it on the board or just reading it to them.)

Read this to your students:

Overview: You will listen to an article written by a teenager who was the victim of a crime. You will then answer some multiple-choice questions. You will hear the article twice. You may take notes.


Step Two Tell your students, “Now I will read the passage aloud to you for the first time.

After reading the story once, say:

“You make take a few minutes to look over your notes. (Pause) Now I will read the story again.”

[Answer Key: 1) b 2) c 3) a 4) d 5) c 6) d 7) b]

“A Victim’s Story” Quiz

Multiple Choice Questions

1) What did Catherine do right after being attacked?
a) She went to the hospital
b) She went to her boyfriend’s house?
c) She called an ambulance
d) She fainted

2) Why did she file the police report?
a) Her mother made her
b) The police made her
c) She wanted Sara to be put in jail
d) The hospital made her

3) What did people at the party do when Sara attacked her?
a) They took pictures
b) They rooted her on
c) They left the party
d) They beat up Sara

4) In the sentence, “The hospital said it was mandatory to file a police report…” what does mandatory mean?
a) Legally correct
b) Optional
c) Illegal
d) Required by law

5) What was the police’s reaction to Catherine’s story?
a) They doubted her story
b) They doubted whether they would catch Sara
c) They were confident they could catch Sara
d) They already knew Sara

6) What does Catherine think about treating young criminals differently than adult ones?
a) All juvenile offenders should be treated like adults.
b) They should never be treated like adults.
c) She doesn’t voice an opinion
d) Violent juvenile offenders should be imprisoned whether they are juveniles or adults.

7) What could be different title for this story which is called “A Victim’s Story?”

a) Facebook and Violence
b) My Quest for Justice
c) Sara and Me
d) Violence Doesn’t Pay
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